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The Easy Peasy Blanket: How To Crochet A Snug Granny Square

April 9, 2020

In case you didn’t know, a bunch of us have been crocheting a bit of a no-brainer blanket together and sharing our work on Instagram.

The project is called the Easy Peasy Blanket aka #EPBlanket and it’s a fun and simple one to work on during hard or quiet days.

Easy Peasy Blanket

The Easy Peasy Blanket is just a simple granny square worked in a series of prescribed colour changes:

8 rounds of the base colour
3 rounds of the next colour
3 rounds of the final colour

Crochet as many as you like and then join in your favourite way.

How to crochet a tight granny square

Lots of people have asked me how I get my granny square to look so ‘filled in’ and neat. So let me tell you that.

I take the usual granny square pattern and make some ‘tightening up’ changes. It’s kind of like botox for granny squares, if you will.

Let me explain, for those who are not keen on the usual relaxed granny square and want my to try my more uptight version.

  • The hook size I use – 3.5mm
  • The yarn I used – DK or 8ply. I prefer to use acrylic because the colours are brighter and it’s softer.
  1. The middle of the square – it’s nicely ‘cinched in’ thanks to a simple technique. I start with slip knot. Then I chain four stitches and join them to form a ‘ring’. I then crochet into that rather tight ring to make my first round.  I don’t crochet the loose yarn end in. Once I’ve progressed a few rounds I pull the loose yarn end and it pulls the centre closed even more snugly.
  2. The sides of the square – often granny square patterns suggest a single chain stitch between each cluster of 3 treble stitches. I don’t do that here. I just crochet clusters of trebles with NO chain stitches to space them out.
  3. The corners of the square – While most granny square patterns will suggest the corners are made up of three treble, three chain, three treble, for my tighter squares I do the following: three treble, TWO chain, three treble.

And that’s it. Just three small tweaks will result in more ‘solid’ granny squares (although they still have lots of gaps, so know that!)

That yellow middle looks a bit too snug, doesn’t it. Never fear because it will right itself, under the weight of the others, when I join the squares.

Of course, you don’t need to make your squares ‘snug’.

You can just make a lovely loose granny square instead. I love those too. I guess I am just feeling a bit … tight at the moment?! And was making my squares to unwittingly mimic my feelings!!

Feel free to join in, if you fancy. If you don’t know how to crochet a basic granny square yet, there are video lessons on my blog.

x Pip

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  • Reply MaryKay Larson March 1, 2022 at 2:16 AM

    Your tips to tighten up a granny square are great! I’ll try it on the next blanket. Thanks!

  • Reply Eleni July 27, 2021 at 4:54 PM

    Thank you for this post, I learnt to crochet from one of your books and was so inspired to make my own blanket when I saw this! I even wrote my own blog post and made a little crocheting tutorial.

  • Reply Adrian M Flink April 17, 2021 at 5:20 AM

    Thank you very much for sharing this pattern! I have had yarn that was intended for another project, which I really did not like. It’s now being put to good use with your pattern! It works up quickly and I am really looking forward to seeing it put together!

  • Reply Shirley Guillory April 10, 2021 at 4:26 AM

    Thanks for sharing your EPB, I will definitely be doing it because I have a lot of yarn that I need to use up. I love the colors.

  • Reply Janna March 23, 2021 at 3:01 AM

    I’m glad I found your site! I also crochet for better mental health and have struggles as well. I love the look of this “filled in” granny square. Do you have it in pattern form with your granny square pattern? I would love to try this but am having a hard time understanding without a pattern. My apologies and thanks in advance.

  • Reply moois van mie April 9, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Thank you! I try that next time!

  • Reply Kate April 9, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Thanks for this mini tutorial Pip, I’m naturally a loose crocheter but I’m going to try your tips for something different. I have a yarn pack for one of Lucy from Attic24 blankets, but I’ve decided I’m going to do an easy peasy blanket with it. I do have a question I’m thinking about the joining process if I will join as I go or do another colour to join them all at the end, what are your thoughts on this?
    Cheers Kate

    • Reply Pip April 9, 2020 at 10:22 AM

      I’m going to crochet a final round of black (I THINK) and join them as I do that. But I also love sewn-together grannies … where you can see the stitches a little bit. They look beautiful too.

  • Reply Reannon April 9, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    I am thoroughly enjoying making the EP blanket Pip. It’s such a relaxing thing to sit with while watching something non taxing.
    Hope you are ok Pip xx

    • Reply Pip April 9, 2020 at 10:23 AM

      I am so glad you are enjoying it. I am too! I am okay. Trying to find my feet again but feeling much better today. Pushing through depression flare-ups is not my fave, but I am getting there!!! Thank you for thinking of me, and for supporting me. YOU BLOODY CHAMP!!! x

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